Views for 2009-08-31

Monday, August 31, 2009
Dean Baker
Reverse Bank Robbery
Most of us work for a living, the rest are bankers. These days the news is filled with great tales about how America's banks are coming back.
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Gary Younge
Obama Is Losing the Health Debate – But He Can Still Mobilize and Win
1,000 demonstrators gathered at North Carolina 's capitol on Saturday to support Barack Obama's proposals for universal healthcare . In one of four rallies across the state, some carried placards...
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Rachel Godfrey Wood
Carbon Controversies in Costa Rica
Everyone needs something to believe in, and for many Latin American progressives, that something for years has been Costa Rica. The country has long been cited as a beacon of progressive tranquility...
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Jeremy Scahill
We Need a Special Prosecutor for Blackwater and Other CIA 'Contractors'
Some parts of Blackwater’s clandestine work for the CIA have begun to leak out from behind the iron curtain of secrecy. The company’s role in the secret assassination program and its continued...
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Brooke Jarvis
Health Care Déjà Vu
See if you recognize this story: A small group of academics and analysts come together to propose reforms to the U.S. health care system .
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Paul Krugman
Missing Richard Nixon
Many of the retrospectives on Ted Kennedy’s life mention his regret that he didn’t accept Richard Nixon’s offer of a bipartisan health care deal. The moral some commentators take from that regret is...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Water, Water—Not Everywhere
Without water, nothing can live. And in the Western United States, there isn't much of it because the region is a desert. "Everything yearns to be alive in the desert," says Riley Mitchell, a park...
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Chris Hedges
Go to Pittsburgh, Young Man, and Defy Your Empire
Globalization and unfettered capitalism have been swept into the history books along with the open-market theory of the 1920s, the experiments of fascism, communism and the New Deal. It is time for a...
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Nick Turse
Apologies, Anger, and Apathy
A week ago, two convicted mass murderers leaped back into public consciousness as news coverage of their stories briefly intersected. One was freed from prison, continuing to proclaim his innocence,...
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